Damage to Ireland-Poland diplomatic relations, at a local level over LGBT rights

Damage to Ireland-Poland diplomatic relations, at a local level over LGBT rights

13 October 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Decision made locally by ‘Fermoy Twinning Committee’ to terminate a 2006 ‘town twinning’ between Fermoy (pop. 6,500), County Cork, Ireland and Nowa Dęba (pop 11,310), Tarnobrzeg County, Subcarpathian Voivodeship, Poland. However, final decision rests with elected County Councillors. This week the Cork East branch of one Irish political […]

Further scrutiny of meat processing plants is warranted

Further scrutiny of meat processing plants is warranted

11 October 2020 BY Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Holly Cairns (Cork South West TD), Social Democrats spokesperson for Agriculture, has welcomed the Special Covid Committee’s recommendation that other Dáil committees should examine serious ongoing issues in meat plants. Holly said: “I have been calling for a taskforce to examine conditions for workers in this sector for […]

West Cork TD seeks better supports for student renters

West Cork TD seeks better supports for student renters

27 August 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Holly Cairns (Cork South West TD), who is the Social Democrats spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, has called for measures to support students seeking accommodation who have less protections than other renters. Holly said: “Students and their families are facing an incredibly hard year with uncertainty about […]

Meat plants should be forced to close in event of new Covid-19 clusters – Holly Cairns TD

Meat plants should be forced to close in event of new Covid-19 clusters – Holly Cairns TD

13 August 2020 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie Holly Cairns (Cork South West TD), Social Democrats spokesperson on Agriculture, has criticised the lack of commitment from the meat processing industry to immediately close individual plants in the event of further outbreaks of Covid-19. Holly said: “At today’s Special Covid-19 Committee hearing, I asked representatives of the […]

Former Cork Social Democrats candidate joins board of EmployAbility West Cork

Former Cork Social Democrats candidate joins board of EmployAbility West Cork

6 June 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie This week, Clonakilty woman, Evie Nevin, has accepted an invitation to sit on EmployAbility’s West Cork board. Evie ran in last year’s local elections for the Social Democrats and later was elected to the National Executive as Vice Chairperson of her party. EmployAbility founded in 2001, is a […]

FARMING: Minister for Agriculture must tackle power of beef processing industry during COVID-19

FARMING: Minister for Agriculture must tackle power of beef processing industry during COVID-19

25 May 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie West Cork TD, Holly Cairns, Social Democrats spokesperson on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, expressed deep concern at the clusters of COVID-19 in Irish meat processing plants and has called on the Minister to tackle the power of the beef processing industry. Deputy Cairns believe there is a […]

Killing of Buzzards in West Cork highlights need for ‘Wildlife Crime Unit’

Killing of Buzzards in West Cork highlights need for ‘Wildlife Crime Unit’

14 May 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie 22 buzzards were poisoned in West Cork in late 2019, a fact which has only just come to light Social Democrats TD and Spokesperson on Climate and Biodiversity, Jennifer Whitmore, has backed calls by Birdwatch Ireland and other environmental groups for the establishment of a Wildlife Crime Unit […]

‘If you live more than 2km from this sign you will be shot’

15 April 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie A Cork TD has expressed concern about ‘Local only’s sings which have appeared in picturesque areas, which normally welcome holidaymakers, many of whom own second houses. Social Democrats Cork South West TD Holly Cairns took to social media to quell tensions. I understand everyone is worried. Social distancing […]

Social Democrats are ‘back in the picture to be part of the next Government’ according to bookmakers odds

Social Democrats are ‘back in the picture to be part of the next Government’ according to bookmakers odds

13 April 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie The Social Democrats were founded in Ireland in 2015. It is a centre-left party with 6 Dail seats, no Seanad seats, no MEP’s, and 19 Councillors. The party is better known in Cork since the 2020 election of Holly Cairns as a TD in Cork South West. As […]